A native of Gascony, St. Virgil became a monk at Lérins. Legends say that he became abbot, but his name is absent from the surviving lists of abbots. He was the abbot of St-Symphonien and was a friend of Gregory the Great, who rebuked him for his attempts to force conversion upon the Jews. Virgil was named metropolitan of Arles c. 580; legends say that Gregory gave him the pallium. Bede says that Virgil consecrated Augustine of Kent archbishop at Gregory's request. Gregory named his friend apostolic vicar to the court of Childebert II (c. 570-595). When Virgil died c. 610, he was buried at the monastery of St-Savior, which he founded. Many miracles were attributed to his intercession.
St. Anselm Archbishop of Canterbury and Confessor APRIL 21,A.D. 1109 IF the Norman conquerors stripped the English nation of its liberty, and many temporal advantages, it must be owned that by their ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Although we have evidence that Agatha was venerated at least as far back as the sixth century, the only facts we have about her are that she was born in Sicily and died there a martyr. In the legend of her life, we are told that she belonged to a rich, important ... continue readingMore Female Saints
St. Michael the Archangel - Feast day - September 29th The name Michael signifies "Who is like to God?" and was the warcry of the good angels in the battle fought in heaven against satan and his followers. Holy Scripture describes St. Michael as "one of the chief ... continue reading
The name Gabriel means "man of God," or "God has shown himself mighty." It appears first in the prophesies of Daniel in the Old Testament. The angel announced to Daniel the prophecy of the seventy weeks. His name also occurs in the apocryphal book of Henoch. He was the ... continue reading
St. John was born at Capistrano, Italy in 1385, the son of a former German knight in that city. He studied law at the University of Perugia and practiced as a lawyer in the courts of Naples. King ... continue reading
By Justin Soutar
During his visit to the United States this coming September, Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Junipero Serra, the heroic 'Apostle of California.' Once that happens, the Golden State will have its own patron saint and the Church will have another great missionary role ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes